This academic year was a highly successful one in Cambridge for the Chinese New Year Trust committee. Two major events were organised – the Chinese New Year Charity Run and the Chinese New Year Ball. The Charity Run took place in October, and saw over 100 runners take to the streets of Cambridge on a cold and windy Sunday morning. A total sum of over £7,000 was raised, and we are very grateful to each participant for their contribution. The theme of this year’s ball was Moonlit Shanghai, a night where over 250 people were transported to the glamorous and decadent world of 1920s Shanghai. Guests were treated to a champagne reception with jazz band, before an evening of delicious Chinese cuisine, fine wine and incredible performances. This was followed by post-show entertainment in the form of a casino, chocolate fountain and more. The night was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, and the charity auction raised around £2,500. Every member of the committee has done a fantastic job in contributing towards the organisation of two such excellent events, helping to raise a total of over £18,000 for CNYTrust. We look forward to many future successes!
Yuhan Gao, President Cambridge University Chinese New Year Trust 2013-2014
CNY Trust helps the volunteers with their financial problems and allows us in turn to help migrant children who lack access to better education. All the volunteers devoted themselves into helping the migrant children. In the past year, there were about 40 volunteers in our association.15 of them received the CNYTrust scholarship. During last year, every week, we spent almost 2 hours with the migrant children, helping them with their homework or giving them interesting lessons – it takes us around 2 hours to get to the migrant community since the transportation links are not very good.
This year, after the interviews, there are an additional 12 students who will receive the CNYTrust scholarship and another over 10 students have volunteered to help, even though they were not awarded a scholarship. So, this year, we have more than 20 volunteers already and all of them are committed to making a difference.More and more students want to join us to help the little kids for free.They think this activity is the most helpful activity they have ever done before and they keep telling their friends it is something useful not only for their university life, but also for the whole society.They regard it as the best way to realize their own value.
All of the volunteers believe that each of them is a single spark, but a single spark can start a prairie fire. Their efforts have the power to make more and more people notice these migrant children and to help the children to obtain better education and make more friends. That is the volunteers’ dream and also is CNYTrust’s dream.
Thank you CNYTrust for giving me this opportunity – this activity has changed our lives!
洪扬, on behalf of CNYTrust Scholars 2013-2014
In 2013 CNYTrust continued to inspire, education and inform – all whilst having a great time. Here are some of the things we achieved in 2013:
- We sponsored a record number of scholars at Capital Normal University in Beijing to teach at our selected migrant schools
- Our generous group of donors who sponsor students directly continued to grow – these type of scholarships have a unique impact on our scholars, who have an opportunity to learn, seek advice and build a connection with their donor within the safety net of the CNYTrust
- Extremely positive feedback from the migrant schools we support in Beijing and the launch of projects to consider new schools in 2014
- One of our Trustees, Adrian Li, raised over USD 10,000 for CNYTrust through his participation in the Busselton Iron Man event in December 2013
And there is plenty to look forward to in 2014. We are in the final stages of recruiting the Capital Normal University Scholars Class of 2014 and our Cambridge University society looks set to report another very successful 2013-2014 term. Importantly, we are progressing on our 2012/13 initiative that saw the formation of an independent Capital Normal University Committee that will have increasing control over the running of our migrant teaching program.
None of our continued progress could be achieved without the generous support of our donors, our selfless Scholars and all of our volunteers – we owe you all a great deal.
We hope the year of the Horse will bring much more progress and success to the CNYTrust. For any questions, please get in contact with Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org).